Monday, February 1, 2010

Appliqué

 

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This is what I have finished as of last night. I’ve had to change my thinking a little because of the thickness of the seams. I did two basic stitches with the seams basted and it wasn’t working for me. So I decided I would whipstitch the seams closed with matching thread and do the decorative stitches directly over the whipstitch. I have a few more appliqué shapes I’d like to get stitched down, then I’ll do a bit of embroidery.

Anybody else having a difficult time stitching with it being so thick?

12 comments:

Kaaren said...

I have a question for you gals who are lucky enough to have started your WC quilt (I'm still waiting for my book to arrive).

Can you not do a mock layout just so you'll know where the pieces are to go? Don't stitch them together at this point but take one piece at a time, do the applique, set it back where it belongs, take the next piece, repeat...til the block is done...then sew all the pieces together? To me, this seems much simpler and you're dealing with less bulk.

Am I missing something because I don't have my book yet?

Robin C said...

I have to agree with Kaaren if the bulk is a problem that why couldn't you just applique each piece and then put it all together. Definitely would be easier to handle and needle through.

I've read the instructions and you are doing exactly as the book tells you too. Should be interesting to see if Joanne reads and comments on this post.

Marj said...

I am following the instructions that came with my Primitive Gatherings BOM, they have me just basting the pieces to muslin, then doing the embroidery. I think that Kaaren's idea of doing the applique the pieces first would work. You just need to do a paper layout first, then use it to make the patterns for the parts.

Kim said...
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quiltdolls said...

i am in joanns wool class in san diego & you just have to pull thou it. also she uses a crewel needle which helps. you can always e-mail her or call her she loves to answer questions. She also works at the country loft on tuesday & wednesdays.

Kim

quiltdolls said...

answer kaaren's post. but some pieces are over to differnet pieces of wool.

kim

Kathleen said...

I don't know why you need to have the batting as well as muslin. Personally I would eliminate the batting while doing the block(s) and add that later when it gets made into a quilt. I haven't started yet. I'm hoping to later this week. I'm enjoying all of your posts.

Trudy said...

I have just ordered the book, never mind choosing wool even, but find this discussion so interesting. I would think that Kaaren's idea would be much easier at least for the appliquing part..I will wait for the rest of you all to chime in with your opinions.

Trudy

paulette said...

I love all this discussion!! As JoAnn says in her book 'there are no set rules.."so I think whatever works for you do it! I am going to be watching Kaaren to see if your method works. Claire and I had this very discussion last night!! Primitive G. idea of using only a foundation may be the answer too!
Lori you are a dynamo!! Wow! You will have this quilt done before you know it!! Love it!!
Take care!!
Paulette

Sandy said...

Just received my book today. Yeah! I like Kaaren's idea and may try this. I can't imagine the bulk otherwise. However, if the batting is added later, how is it secured....there won't be any other quilting, right? Would we even need batting?
Just started reading the book, so maybe my answers are still there.

Jeanette said...

Love the appliques that you've chosen. You have a great start at it. I'm still waiting for my book... :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi....Whew! There are lots of things to say that I hope will help....As Paulette says...anything goes in this quilt.

I used the batting behind my blocks for stability. I HATE using a hoop to stitch and this gave me enough umph to work without it. It isn't absolutely necessary, but it does give you some depth in your applique (they are less flat and take on a different dimension.) Also...the stitches are what secure the batting to the top....You could make your quilt without batting at all....it will be plenty warm without it...:)

You build your base first, because some of your appliques will overlap your "crazy" lines...and that is a fun look and process...

My guess is that you are all quilters and use teeny tiny needles...You'll need one with more heft for Wool Crazy...I use a #2 crewel needle...affectionately called the dagger by my students...or if that is too big gold eye embroidery needles are my sister's favorites...Try one of these...it makes it easier to get through...

I did not draw out my base...just built it randomly and added appliques as I went....This is a hard concept for people who do a lot of quilting...a little too free form....so if this bothers you go for a base...Just have fun doing it....

Today, Paulette visited me at the Country Loft. It was such fun to meet her. I shared lots of these ideas with her...(and she got to see the original in person)..

Are you "going crazy" yet???
JAM